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Security Studies (SS)

Faculty Coordinator: Scott Nelson 

The certificate in security studies is open to Virginia Tech and non-degree graduate students interested in learning more about conflict, security, and war.  Students will explore U.S. foreign policy-making and its impact on the world.   The certificate is uniquely geared for students interested in careers in national security, the military, intelligence, legislatures, think-tanks, and NGOs.  Courses are offered in Blacksburg, Arlington, and online.

The requirements for the certificate are completion of a total of twelve credit hours, 6 credits in required courses and 6 elective hours. Students must receive a grade of B or better in each course.

Applications for the Graduate Certificate in Security Studies will be considered from students enrolled in a graduate degree program at Virginia Tech and from non-degree and Commonwealth Campus students who have been permitted to take courses by the Graduate School.

Completion of a total of twelve credit hours; 6 credits in required courses and 6 elective hours. Students must receive a grade of B or better in each course.

Required courses:

  • PSCI 5444: International Politics
  • PSCI 5484: American Foreign Policy

In addition, students must complete at least 6 credit hours from the following:

  • PSCI 5324: Executive Branch
  • PSCI 5464: Critical Security Studies
  • PSCI 5474: Global Governance
  • PSCI 5514: Global Security
  • PSCI 5524: U.S. Foreign Policy after 9/11
  • PSCI 5534: Regionalism and Political Development